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Another Full Moon August 1, 2012

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Full Moon
Full Moon

There will be yet another Full Moon Aug 1, 2012, 9:27 P.M. Las Vegas time.

From the Old Farmer’s Almanac:
“Historically, the Native Americans who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full Moons.”

August’s moon is called The Full Sturgeon Moon

“Each full Moon name was applied to the entire month in which it occurred. These names, and some variations, were used by the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior.” read more about The Full Sturgeon Moon

“In August 2012, we will also enjoy a second full Moon on the 31st! The second full Moon in a month is commonly called a Blue Moon. This occurs about every 2.5 years.”

“Each month, we explain the names of the full Moon—plus, fascinating Moon facts:” The following video from The Old Farmer’s Almanac:

Great Basin, Nevada, Wyoming
According to Western Washington University, the Shoshone word for August’s Moon is “guuteyai-mea'” meaning, “hot.”

Eastern Woodlands
According to Western Washington University, The Mohawk word for August’s Moon is “seskehko:wa” meaning “time of freshness.”

And yet another Full Moon June 4, 2012

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Full Moon
Full Moon

The Strawberry Moon will be 100% full June 4, 2012 at 4:11 AM Las Vegas time, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The month of June’s full Moon’s name is the Full Strawberry Moon. June’s Full Strawberry Moon got its name because the Algonquin tribes knew it as a signal to gather ripening fruit.

It was often known as the Full Rose Moon in Europe (where strawberries aren’t native).

June 2012 – by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2012 Old Farmer’s Almanac:
“A skimpy partial lunar eclipse, visible from western North America, occurs just before dawn on the 4th . The year’s celestial highlight is the transit of Venus across the Sun’s face on the 5th. This rare event, visible in the afternoon in the United States and Canada, will not recur until 2117. Observing this transit requires eye protection but no other special equipment. Meanwhile Mercury is a low evening star, at its brightest and most easily seen from the 12th to the 20th. Mars crosses into Virgo and hovers above the Moon on the 25th. Saturn, high in the south at nightfall, sits at the left of the Moon on the 27th. The solstice brings summer at 7:09 P.M. on the 20th.”

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Everything you need to know about the May 20, 2012 Eclipse

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Eclipse - UniverseToday.Com
Eclipse - UniverseToday.Com

Play this video as you browse the story, would be my suggestion…


Annular Solar Eclipse of May 20

The first solar eclipse of 2012 occurs at the Moon’s descending node in central Taurus. An annular eclipse will be visible from a 240 to 300 kilometre-wide track that traverses eastern Asia, the northern Pacific Ocean and the western United States. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbral shadow, that includes much of Asia, the Pacific and the western 2/3 of North America.

The annular path begins in southern China at 22:06 UT. Because the Moon passed through apogee one day earlier (May 19 at 16:14 UT), its large distance from Earth produces a wide path of annularity. Traveling eastward, the shadow quickly sweeps along the southern coast of Japan as the central line duration of annularity grows from 4.4 to 5.0 minutes.

Tokyo lies 10 kilometres north of the central line. For the over 10 million residents within the metropolitan area, the annular phase will last 5 minutes beginning at 22:32 UT (on May 21 local time). The annular ring is quite thick because the Moon’s apparent diameter is only 94% that of the Sun. Traveling with a velocity of 1.1 kilometres/second, the antumbral shadow leaves Japan and heads northeast across the Northern Pacific. The instant of greatest eclipse [1] occurs at 23:52:47 UT when the eclipse magnitude [2] reaches 0.9439. At that instant, the duration of annularity is 5 minutes 46 seconds, the path width is 237 kilometres and the Sun is 61° above the flat horizon formed by the open ocean read more…

NASA’s official site

Mother’s Day Joy: A New Cloud Colt Born!

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Feldspar with her new colt - Photo by Patty Hooker
Feldspar with her new colt - Photo by Patty Hooker

This story is from The Cloud Foundation:

Dear Friends of Cloud, his family, and the Pryor herd;

Every trip to the spectacular Pryor Mountains is full of wonder, but no season holds the promise of discovery more than spring. A handful of new foals have been born and our friend and Pryor wild horse adopter (Cloud’s granddaughter Summer), Patty Hooker, sent us a picture of the latest foal to be born on the mountain, and it is an exciting one to be sure. Feldspar, who Cloud stole from Flint in December of 2010, gave birth to a colt this week, just in time for Mother’s Day! When we last saw Cloud’s family in April, Feldspar looked very pregnant.

This is just the fourth colt Cloud has sired. Of those, only Bolder survives, but he was raised by Shaman. I hope Cloud will be able to raise this little one, and that he will live his life in precious freedom. I can’t wait to see if he roans out. My bet is that he will. What do you think?

This weekend, we honor not only the Pryor mustang mothers, but moms everywhere–four-leggeds as well as two!

Below are a few Pryor photos to get you in the Mother’s Day spirit.

Happy Trails!

Aztec & Breeze July 2010
Aztec & Breeze July 2010
Hopi & Lancaster June 2011
Hopi & Lancaster June 2011
Autumn & Kicks-A-Lot May 2010
Autumn & Kicks-A-Lot May 2010
Felicity & Leo August 2011
Felicity & Leo August 2011

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Cinco de Mayo Las Vegas Style

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Viva Las Vegas Photo - blog.vegas.com
Viva Las Vegas Photo - blog.vegas.com

From History.com
“Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.”

Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas
“Don’t forget your sombreros this weekend as Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, which means an entire weekend of partying. Two new Mexican venues- Carlos ‘n Charlies and Senor Frogs- celebrate their grand openings with festive parties. Read on to find the perfect place to grab some tacos and margaritas this weekend” read more from LasVegasSun.Com

Cinco de Mayo in Denver – from CincodeMayoDenver.Com
“Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of a heroic people and their struggle for freedom. On May 5, 1862, in the town
of Puebla, the outnumbered Mexican army defeated French forces providing the momentum to drive foreign power from
their country. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of freedom and culture and acknowledges the beauty of Latino culture. The
Denver Cinco de Mayo event is produced by nonprofit organization NEWSED Community Development Corporation
and Santa Fe Drive Redevelopment Corporation. Our mission is, “To promote and develop economic, arts and cultural,
and community programs that increase income and education levels, and political engagement of Denver area residents”.
This year we celebrate our 39th year as an organization and 25th Anniversary of the largest Cinco de Mayo Festival in the
United States read more from CincodeMayoDenver.Com/Event Guide…

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Full/Super/Flower Moon May 5, 2012

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Full Flower Moon Video from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, featuring Amy Nieskens:

The Moon will be 100% full May 5, 8:36 P.M. Las Vegas time.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac May’s Moon is called the Full Flower Moon.

Story from NASA
Perigee “Super Moon” On May 5-6 “May 2, 2012: The full Moon has a reputation for trouble. It raises high tides, it makes dogs howl, it wakes you up in the middle of the night with beams of moonlight stealing through drapes. If a moonbeam wakes you up on the night of May 5th, 2012, you might want to get out of bed and take a look. This May’s full Moon is a “super Moon,” as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012” read more from science.nasa.gov…

From the editor & janitor: When the honorable mayor of Las Vegas, Jan Jones was in office, I heard her say (on a KDWN radio broadcast) that “the most favorable time to hit a jackpot was when there was a Full Moon;” I’m paraphrasing – it’s been a while. This is something I’ve heard a lot over the years.

Potheads and Fish Heads in Boulder

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Badfish Fish Graphic - Favim.Com
Badfish Fish Graphic - Favim.Com

University of Colorado’s annual 4/20 Smoke Out may go up in a cloud of something resembling smoked-fish and marijuana or fish-smelling smoke, if it goes up at all. That is to say that the traditional on campus pot party/smoke-out may be extinguished by campus-officials applying fish-fertilizer on the school’s “Quad” in an attempt to quell the gathering. Last years’ smoke-out attracted around 10,000 according to CBS Denver.

The CU campus will be closed to all, except card-carrying students and faculty. Those who are out of the loop will be subject to arrest and a $750.00 fine. “Norlin Quad lawn areas will be closed to all people.” “Anyone, regardless of campus affiliation, who enters these areas will face a ticket for trespassing.”

Given the nature of potheads and students, might this be an open invitation to gather? Tomorrow April 20 we’ll know the answer to that question. Are beer sales in Boulder dipping with the advancing sale of Marijuana in this West-Coastish college town just fifteen minutes from the Coors Brewery? Half of this town is run by alumni who champion the football program and beer. And they are a powerful force with whom to reckon.

Here’s an insider article from BoulderWeekly.Com
And an article from BarstoolSports.Com
And another article from Huffington Post

Smoked Fish and Sassafras might be a good name for an album, at least it would have been in the 60s, in Boulder. Remember the Astronauts?

Charles Manson’s psychological records part of parole review

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Charles Manson 2008
Charles Manson 2008

Wednesday April 11, 2012
From KFI Radio in Los Angeles

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) _ A California prison panel has denied parole to mass murderer Charles Manson parole in his 12th bid for freedom.

The panel acted Wednesday after a parole hearing.

Manson, now a gray-bearded, 77-year-old, did not attend the hearing.

He orchestrated a series of gruesome murders on consecutive nights in Los Angeles 40 years ago. His trial with three women acolytes was an international spectacle.

Manson and his followers were convicted in the 1969 slaying of Tate and four others.

Posted by:
Editor NC


This story is from:
LA Times Blog
April 10, 2012 | 11:06 am

A parole board will review psychological reports and statements of victims as it considers the case of mass murderer Charles Manson on Wednesday.

The board will meet Wednesday morning for what will be Manson’s 12th attempt at parole.

A decision is expected by late Wednesday afternoon.
PHOTOS: The Manson murders [click link below]
So far, Manson has said that he will not be showing up for this parole hearing, but an attorney for him will be present.
Manson, 77, has not attended a parole hearing since 1997.

He and other members of his so-called family were convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate and six other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area during two August nights in 1969. He is housed at Corcoran State Prison in a special unit for inmates felt to be endangered by other inmates, separate from the general prison population. read more…

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Full Moon March 8, 2012

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Full Moon
Full Moon

The Moon will be 100% full on March 8, 2012 at 1:41 a.m. Las Vegas, time.

Watch this Moon video produced by The Old Farmer’s Almanac editors and staff:

The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s official website.

I subscribe to a Full Moon website that is offering a really cool thing. Light a candle in their “virtual sanctuary” and make a wish for your self or loved one. It’s free and you can remain anonymous.

Here’s a link: Full Moon wishing candles

More later…